36th year convention of CAN underway

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 1/31/2020 12:32:07 PM IST

A 3-day 36th year convention of the Catholic Association of Nagaland (CAN) began on Friday evening at Holy Cross Church, Dimapur. The convention (January 31 - February 2) is being held under the theme, “Be the light that shines in the darkness” with Bishop of Kohima Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil as the main celebrant, former judge of Supreme Court of India, Justice Kurian Joseph as chief guest and SDB, Rev. Fr. Dr. AJ Sebastian as guest speaker.

Addressing the inaugural session, former judge Supreme Court of India, Justice Kurian Joseph said he was fortunate to be with people who are joyous while relating to Nagaland as the land of festivals and said unless they are joyful, they cannot have festivals. This is his maiden visit to Nagaland. 
“Unless you have inner joy, you may need external aides to be happy but if you have inner joy, you don’t need any other external joys”, he further substantiated while pointing out that external joys are temporary. “Inner joy can be only given by the Creator”, he asserted and further shared his philosophy in his life is built on three principles namely, ‘nothing is impossible with my God, everything is possible with my God, and my God will not leave me empty handed’. 
Dwelling on the theme of the convention, Joseph said that things like wealth, power or positions cannot remove darkness and emphasized that only God’s light can remove darkness. 
In introspection, he impressed upon that they have to ponder on questions such as “have I been able to remove darkness in my workplace or the society I live in?” Also emphasizing that there should be life in light and light in life, he said, “we are called to shine in the world as light and we will be able to shine only if we display light.” “Unless we are charged to the source, we are not in a position to discharge that light”, he added and further expressed that only if they shine, darkness in the world can be removed. He also told the congregation to “enjoy the company of God” while sharing his own personal journey of faith. 
Highlights of the inaugural function included scripture reading and prayer by president of Nagaland Catholic Women Association; welcome song by Catholic Women Association, Holy Cross Church; welcome address by president CAN, Dr. N.Simon Dzüvichü, special number by Holy Cross Church Choir, Dimapur; report of secretary general by Er. Mhaseto Lancelot Nakro; report of treasurer by Mezhüo Marcus Solo; folk song by Sumi Catholic Akukuhou Kuqhakulu and closing prayer by Principal and Asst. Parish Priest, Holy Cross Church Dimapur, Fr. Philip Yanpvüthung. A one minute silence was also observed in memory of the deceased CAN leaders and members, which was chaired by vice president CAN, James Tsathrongli Sangtam.
On day two of the convention, Justice Kurian Joseph will deliver a talk on “Role of the laity in the church and society” while Rev. Fr. Dr. AJ Sebastian, SDB will give a talk on “The four Marian Dogmas in the Catholic Church” at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. respectively. In the afternoon session at 1 p.m., a panel on “Beliefs and Practices of the Catholic Church” will be moderated by Rev. Fr. Chacko Karinthayil with Rev. Fr. Dr. Solomon Visosieo Vizo (Moral Theology), Rev. Fr. Dr. George Keduolhu Dzeyie (Biblical Theology), Rev. Fr. Dr. Jacob Charalel (Cannon law) and Sr. Mary Dukru, UFC (Catechesis) as panelists. 

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